A cou­ple of weeks ago I went to the mar­ket to do my nor­mal shop­ping and I went in a side door. When I came out through the main door how­ev­er I stum­bled into a baf­fling array of moss­es, small wood­en hous­es, and even small­er plas­tic ani­mals.  Prob­a­bly due to the fact that I’m not what you would call a Christ­mas expert did it take me a sec­ond to real­ize that these were all the mak­ings of do-it-your­self nativ­i­ty scenes, but tak­en to a new, unimag­ined on my part lev­el. I was curs­ing the fact that I didn’t have my cam­era that day, but vowed to go back to record the crazi­ness. So, when this past week­end I again stum­bled out of a dif­fer­ent mar­ket into a tent city of even more incred­i­ble Christ­mas craft­ing sup­plies, I put my gro­ceries into my back­pack, got out my cam­era, and pre­pared to ask a lot of peo­ple for per­mis­sion to take pic­tures of their wares. It was all so over­whelm­ing. I’m actu­al­ly a lit­tle dis­sat­is­fied with what I cap­tured, but it will have to do for now. Also, I was fight­ing a pow­er­ful urge to buy like 20-cubic cen­time­ters of plas­tic ani­mals and then fig­ure out what to do with them lat­er, but I resist­ed. Of course, there is still anoth­er week until Christ­mas and the mar­kets are still going strong. Bad news for me is that we get paid next week…